CREAD 004- CRitical Evaluation, Appraisal and Discussion - Critical Care Practitioner

CREAD 004- CRitical Evaluation, Appraisal and Discussion

CREAD (1)_optWelcome to the fourth edition of CREAD- CRitical Evaluation, Appraisal and Discussion.

This very much takes its inspiration from the work of the team over at Life in The Fast Lane which provides regular round ups of some of the many resources available via the internet which makes our learning easier.

We are attempting something similar here, but the difference is that the contributors are from specialties other than medicine. So we have paramedics, nurses, and physios to name just a few. They are all experienced in their fields, regular internet learners and Twitter users. Some have written articles and some have pointed out some of the resources they have come across on their internet travels.

This will be a bi-monthly effort initially. If it becomes popular and the hard working contributors can find the time then I hope it will become more regular.

I do want to emphasize that it is the work of the contributors that makes it work…..I am just the coordinator.

If you do feel you want to make a contribution in the future please get in touch with me via Twitter @ccpractitioner.

Tom Hreben helps tell those new to the septic patient his pathway for assessing and treating them. Great value for those not so confident or wants to refresh. Once again well researched and referenced by Tom.

Rob Fenwick muses over the ill effects of carbon monoxide and the fact that a simple headache might be the first sign of this deadly problem. I hope you have a detector in your house!

And finally, Nicola Credland has this for us…

In January 2015, NHS England convened a cross-system programme board bringing together a wide range of experts from the UK Sepsis Trust, Royal Colleges, statutory organisations, clinicians and patients to advise on how best to drive improvement in outcomes for patients with sepsis and to identify those improvements that were needed in the short, medium and longer-term. The group considered the challenges integral to improving outcomes for patients with sepsis in specific settings and also in particular at-risk patient groups.

 Following on from the NCEPOD Just Say Sepsis report published in November 2015, NHS England has summarised the key actions that health and care organisations across the country will take to improve identification and treatment of sepsis. The document encompasses  6  main themes: 

·         Preventing avoidable cases of sepsis

·         Increasing awareness of sepsis amongst the general public

·         Increasing awareness of sepsis amongst professionals

·         Improving identification and treatment of sepsis across the whole care pathway

·         Improving consistency of standards and reporting

·         Ensuring appropriate antibiotic use and antimicrobial stewardship

 The full report and executive summary can be found at

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